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Core Code Alignment

Language Arts
    Language Arts Elementary
        06038800040: Language Arts Grade 3


Recommendation

Recommended Limited

Evaluation

SHMOOP gave us online access to their extencive list of available courses to review. These courses are set up in an online curriculum format that requires little teacher involvement outside of assisting students through the online content. The courses are easy to navigate and assignments are graded by the teacher in the interface.

Each lesson and unit has Core Standards referenced at the bottom, but we felt that the language in the lessons and their intreptation of the standards were not always well aligned (such as using "persuasion" instead of "argumentative" writing). The lessons incorporate a variety of media in video and audio files, but we had trouble loading and viewing them in our review. Many of the smaller reading materials were lnks to open source readings, but the literature novels will need to be purchased separately, making it much more expensive than the initial $25 per student/course.

There is no way for teachers to modify the course content, but it is well-suited for individual/self-pa


Rubric : ELA Grades 3-5

1. Foundational Reading Skills
Item 3 - Extensive 2 - Adequate 1 - Inadequate 4 - 4 5 - 5
1.1. Materials support development of advanced word analysis skills (for example, suffixes, prefixes, Greek and Latin roots, and syllabication patterns) [EL practice guide, Rec. 1]. This item has not been graded.
1.2. Materials include guidance to provide small group, differentiated instruction to students struggling with reading development [RTI practice guide, Recs. 2 and 3; EL practice guide, Rec. 4]. This item has not been graded.
2. Reading comprehension for literary and inf
Item 3 - Extensive 2 - Adequate 1 - Inadequate 4 - 4 5 - 5
2.1. The text and text complexity are appropriate for the reading level of students [Adol practice guide, Rec. 2]. This item has not been graded.
2.2. Materials provide students extensive opportunities to encounter and comprehend grade-level text [Adol practice guide, Rec. 2]. This item has not been graded.
2.3. Materials incorporate texts that require a careful and purposeful reading and re-reading [Adol practice guide, Rec. 3, #1]. This item has not been graded.
2.4. Additional materials markedly increase the opportunity for regular independent reading of texts that appeal to students’ interests to develop both knowledge and love of reading [Adol practice guide, Rec. 4]. This item has not been graded.
2.5. Specific texts are included in materials for teaching various text structures (for example, sequence, comparison, contrast, and cause/ effect) to support comprehension and careful reading of narrative and informational text [Adol practice guide, Rec. 2, #1]. This item has not been graded.
2.6. Materials contain questions and tasks that require students to use text-based evidence (including making inferences) [Adol practice guide, Rec. 2 and 3]. This item has not been graded.
2.7. Material cultivates student engagement in reading text carefully [Adol practice guide, Rec. 4]. This item has not been graded.
2.8. Texts provide opportunity for students to build knowledge through reading and extended discussion [Adol practice guide, Rec. 3]. This item has not been graded.
2.9. Materials include questions and tasks that require students to analyze information and evidence focused on the meaning of texts [Adol practice guide, Rec. 3]. This item has not been graded.
2.10. Materials support instruction that teaches students to identify and describe or explain ideas for narrative text (for example, main idea and theme) and informational text (for example, connections between ideas and concepts) in a progressively more complex manner [EL practice guide, Rec. 2; Adol practice guide, Rec. 2 and 3]. This item has not been graded.
2.11. Materials support instruction that teaches students to use the features of text to gain meaning from narrative text (for example, how chapters and scenes are used in types of literature) and informational text (for example, use of illustrations and graphs, and structural elements) with increasing complexity [Adol practice guide, Rec. 5]. This item has not been graded.
2.12. Materials support instruction that teaches students to understand and analyze various points of view for narrative text (for example, author, narrator, and characters) and informational text (for example, what the author wants to explain and multiple accounts of the same event) with increasing complexity [Adol practice guide, Rec. 3]. This item has not been graded.
2.13. Materials support instruction that teaches students to compare and contrast or analyze information within and across narrative text (for example, compare and contrast two versions of the same story and compare and contrast stories in the same genre) and informational text (for example, identify similarities and differences between two texts on the same topic and integrate information from several texts on the same topic to write about the subject) with increasing complexity [Adol practice guide, Rec. 2]. This item has not been graded.
3. Writing Development and Skills
Item 3 - Extensive 2 - Adequate 1 - Inadequate 4 - 4 5 - 5
3.1. Materials include extensive practice with short, focused research projects that allow students to have multiple experiences with the research process throughout the year and facilitate development of the ability to conduct research independently [EL practice guide, Rec. 3; Writing practice guide, Rec. 2a and 2b]. This item has not been graded.
3.2. Materials include activities that require students to analyze and synthesize text sources and present the analysis using well-defended claims and clear information [EL practice guide, Rec. 3; Writing practice guide, Rec. 2b]. This item has not been graded.
3.3. Materials provide instruction in different text structures (for example, sequence, comparison, contrast, and cause/effect) and place a focus on argument and informative writing based on texts with these structures [EL practice guide, Rec. 3; Writing practice guide, Rec. 2b]. This item has not been graded.
3.4. Materials include activities that provide opportunities to write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences [EL practice guide, Rec. 3; Writing practice guide, Rec. 1 and 2b]. This item has not been graded.
4. Speaking and listening development and ski
Item 3 - Extensive 2 - Adequate 1 - Inadequate 4 - 4 5 - 5
4.1. Materials include opportunities to continue to build oral language and 1 listening skills as students determine main ideas and supporting details, paraphrase, and summarize texts read [EL practice guide, Rec. 2]. This item has not been graded.
4.2. Materials use multimedia and technology to support and engage students in understanding and verbally expressing details and themes in a text [EL practice guide, Rec. 2]. This item has not been graded.
5. Language development and skills
Item 3 - Extensive 2 - Adequate 1 - Inadequate 4 - 4 5 - 5
5.1. Materials teach academic vocabulary prevalent in complex texts in the context of listening and reading activities [EL practice guide, Rec. 1]. This item has not been graded.
5.2. Materials include activities for students to acquire and use grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being (for example, quizzed, whined, and stammered) and that are basic to a particular topic (for example, wildlife, conservation, and endangered when discussing animal preservation) [EL practice guide, Rec. 1]. This item has not been graded.
5.3. Materials include instruction for students to determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple meaning words and phrases based on grade-appropriate reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies [EL practice guide, Rec. 1]. This item has not been graded.
5.4. Materials include instruction for students to understand figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings [EL practice guide, Rec. 1]. This item has not been graded.
Overall Rating
Item 3 - Extensive 2 - Adequate 1 - Inadequate 4 - 4 5 - 5
1. The content is aligned with foundational reading skills for the grade. This item has not been graded.
2. The content is aligned with reading comprehension for literary and informational texts and text complexity for the grade. This item has not been graded.
3. The content is aligned with writing development and skills for the grade. This item has not been graded.
4. The content is aligned with speaking and listening development and skills for the grade. This item has not been graded.
5. The content is aligned with language development and skills for the grade. This item has not been graded.

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